A Scottish summer

Wild camping in Scotland has long been a dream of mine. To be entirely immersed in nature, roaming with no real plan of where I would visit or how long I would stay. This summer I had the opportunity to live out this dream as Caitlin and I filled a couple of backpacks and headed... Continue Reading →


Halloumi Shakshuka

Saturday morning for me means waking up a little too early, heading to the park for a rigorous 5km run. Why you ask? It is all worth it when you can treat yourself to this once you're all done. After a stop off at the greengrocers for tomatoes, eggs and fresh coriander and popping into... Continue Reading →

In one of a series of seven papers published this week, a team of researchers have designed five yeast chromosomes - 30% of the entire genome - completely synthetically. The genome of the yeast species S. cerevisiae - the same used to bake bread - consists of sixteen chromosomes containing the DNA. The project, titled the Synthetic Yeast... Continue Reading →

Genetically modified, sterile mosquitoes

  Two studies posted in Nature this week (LePage, Beckman) have shown the power of common bacterial genes in mosquito sterilisation. By splicing bacterial genes into living male mosquitoes they become infertile and allow for control of the mosquito population size. The bacteria Wolbachia is found in approximately 60% of insects including some species of... Continue Reading →

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